Hackney Schoolboy s winning painting reminds us to cook safely

Enclosed: High resolution pictures of winning poster and Adam Deen with judges.

National Food Safety Week - 7-13 June 2010

Hackney Council will remind Hackney schools, businesses and kitchens to prepare food safely with help from Adam Deen, a ten-year-old pupil at William Patten School in Stoke Newington, Hackney.

Adam’s food hygiene painting bearing the slogan – “use your head or germs will spread” - won Hackney Council’s Food Safety Week poster competition organised by the Environmental Health Department. The poster, which depicts a tap dripping clean water over evil alien-shaped germs on a pair of hands, will be made up into a poster to be sent out to Primary Schools and Council buildings across Hackney during National Food Safety Week.

The pictures were judged by Tony Boorman Hackney Community College Chef and Hazel Simmonds, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods and Regeneration at Hackney Council.

Adam’s winning picture has been made up into a poster to be sent out to primary schools, libraries and council buildings across the borough. Runners up were Joe Farrelly, aged 11, also from William Patten School and Zainab Bodi, aged 11, from Grazebrooke School.

Adam said: “It s easy for people to remember to wash their hands before they touch food, so that s why I chose that subject for my picture. I m excited that my picture and will be made into posters. At first the tap drip was supposed to be a speech bubble, but I changed it and then the poster really worked."

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: "Cleanliness in the kitchen, and in particular the simple act of hand-washing when handling food, is an important issue the Council’s Environmental Health officers work hard to promote. Adam’s excellent winning poster is a brilliant reminder of this, and will be a key part of our campaign through Food Safety Week."

Hackney Community College Chef, Tony Boorman said: “Cross contamination is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in today`s kitchens and so good food hygiene is very important. It has been great to see how the youngsters have highlighted the dangers of cross contamination in such an informative and eye catching way and we hope it will make others aware of the importance of preparing food properly.”

On June 10 from 10am-2pm Hackney Council’s Environmental Health Department will be promoting food safety and giving out useful information outside Tesco on Morning Lane. The school children’s posters will be displayed and freebies will be available.